Fiction

August Update:  Whether you’ve been on holiday, stayed at home, or are yet to go – we’ve added a dozen reviews – in hardback and paperback for your summer reading pleasure. Some of the titles we’ve already reviewed in Issue 1 are now out in paperback too, we’ve marked them …

Non-Fiction

There’s a really tempting selection of non-fiction books in this issue of SNB. If you like autobiographies, there are no fewer than seven, plus several multiple biographies. If travel’s more your sort of thing, you could follow Hamish Hamilton Smith on An Island Odyssey Scientists can feed their brains with …

Reprints

Well, if I thought Issue 1 had a great set of reprints, then I’m bowled over by Issue 2. As before, this is the corner of Shiny New Books for people who love the idea of books being shiny and new… but would quite like them to be old at …

BookBuzz

In our first edition of BookBuzz you loved the trailer posts from authors with forthcoming books. This time we’ve got insights into the writing of two huge summer releases: Nicola Griffith’s epic historical novel, Hild, (described as ‘Game of Thrones without the dragons but.. so much more’) about the woman …

Fiction

Variety is the spice of life they say, and that is what we’re aiming to provide with the Shiny New Books Fiction list. At the heart of our selection is the need to tell a great story, so be it a best-seller or less well known title, a relaxing or …

Non-fiction

What’s your favourite kind of non-fiction? Mine is definitely biographies. Other people’s lives seem endlessly fascinating, as long as they are in the right hands. You certainly couldn’t get a better pair of hands than those of Helen Rappaport, whose Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses …

Reprints

I know what my first thought would be if I saw a new books newsletter – but what about all the old books? Well, don’t worry, I’m here to help – heading up the reprints reviewers. If you spend your free time (and daydream time) browsing secondhand bookshops, much like …

BookBuzz

If there’s one thing that fascinates me, it’s finding out how books came to be written. What put that little kernel of an idea into an author’s mind? What was the inspiration that brought their imagination to life? In the BuzzBooks section, it’s all about genesis and creativity, whether it’s …